Internal Worksite Organizer

Based in San Jose, CA

You will be assigned to work with members in one or more organized jurisdictions in or near San Jose, CA (Silicon Valley). SEIU Local 521 represents clerical, blue collar, professional and service workers in the public nonprofits.

You will be responsible for:

  1. Identifying, recruiting, training and developing stewards, officers and leaders.
  2. Leading and assisting in developing plans for worksite campaigns for specific issues including public budget issues, contract negotiations, safety, etc.
  3. Creating or assisting members in creating communication systems; write and edit leaflets, proposals, newsletters, etc.
  4. Negotiating or assisting in contract negotiations, from proposals through strike preparation.
  5. Monitoring stewards and officers in their representational duties, including grievances and disciplinary appeals. Follow through where necessary.
  6. Meeting timelines and procedures related to labor contracts and union bylaws constitution and policies.
  7. Encouraging participation in political and lobbying activities. Help members hold elected officials accountable.
  8. Participating in and learning to lead residual organizing campaigns; recruit members.
  9. Leading staff members or community based committees; serve as spokesperson.

What you’ll need to do the job:

  • Ability to establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Some knowledge of labor rights and contract language and ability to learn these quickly.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to communicate well in writing and orally; ability to mobilize membership.
  • Ability to maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese a plus.

These skills will normally have been developed by working as a full time union staff member in organizing or representational assignments.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and resume to: jobs@seiu521.org, OR FAX TO: 408-954-1538

Pamela Rodgers
Administrative Director
SEIU Local 521
2302 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95131

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